How to Custom Frame on a Budget


When living with children, one of the easiest ways to upgrade your living space is by hanging custom-framed {anything} on the walls.  Seriously, it doesn’t matter if it’s your toddler’s “abstract drawing” or a piece of original art–it’s going to look better in a custom frame.  I have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to saving $$ in this category, as professional framing can cost as much as an airline ticket to France if you aren’t careful! I’m sharing my favorite framing source and a budget-friendly tip after the jump:

My little trick to saving money in this category is to buy ready-made frames and then take them to a professional framer for glass, a custom mat and wiring.  You can usually carve off a good $100 per piece when you do it this way.  I buy my ready-made frames at the framer OR at Pottery Barn.  Their wood gallery frames offer a lot of bang for your buck.  The price/quality ratio is spot on and professional framers don’t mind working with them given how sturdy they are.  Right now Pottery Barn is having a sale on their wood gallery frames–my favorites are these over-sized frames with over-sized mats.  The largest size is only $47!

Pottery Barn Wood Gallery Frames – starting at $16 and heading up to $47

image via Pottery Barn

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